Start at the beginning
- developed by illiterate(s)
- Evolved slowly from parent
- first in its area
- inventor known
- language unknown
- mercantile script
- National pride
- now ceremonial
- previous script didn't quite work
- private or secret
- probably developed by illiterate(s)
- probably first in its area
- Rating: 1 "Dull, only here for completeness"
- Rating: 2 "Not all that interesting"
- Rating: 3 "I did not know that"
- Rating: 4 "Huh, interesting!"
- Rating: 5 "Whoa!!"
- revealed in a dream
- significant female influence
- spiritual or supernatural
- technology influenced
Author Archives: ducky
Emperor Charlemagne apparently tried to learn how to read and write, but with poor success.Â Probably part of his difficulty was that he had to spend a bunch of time conquering countries, part of the difficulty was that he started … Continue reading
Ogham is a runic script mostly used in Ireland, but to a lesser extent in the northern island of Britain.Â While the earliest provable use dates from the 4th century AD, there are linguistic clues that it is older: there … Continue reading
Hungary, despite being solidly in Europe, has had a long history of trade with and conquest by Central Asian peoples.Â It is not entirely clear where Hungarians came from — or more specifically, where the people who brought the Hungarian … Continue reading
Orkhon is also called Old Turkic or GÃ¶ktÃ¼rk script.Â It was used mostly in Mongolia and Western China, but there are dialects that were used in Siberia (Yenisei) and Kazakstan. Orkhon is sometimes called Turkic Runes because ofÂ their angular … Continue reading
Elder Futhark evolved into Younger Futhark, with the transition happening between 650 AD and 800 AD.Â Younger Futhark was most different from Elder Futhark in the number of characters: Younger Futhark had only two-thirds as many letters as Elder Futhark.Â … Continue reading
Elder Futhark, an early runic script, was definitely used in 160AD in Denmark.Â Based on linguistic clues, some people think that it is much older. One of the clues cited is that it is written both left-to-right and right-to-left, like … Continue reading
Gyaru-moji is sort of like a Japanese Leet: a variant orthography for Japanese. Â Unlike Leet, which was developed in the predominantly male hacker culture, Gyaru-moju (which means “girl characters”) appears to have been developed by schoolgirls.Â In both cases, by … Continue reading
Leet, also known as “1337” is a writing system developed for the English language which gains some of its value in being difficult to understand — but not too difficult.Â It is in some respects a code-substitution cipher, where glyphs … Continue reading
It is not very common for someone to create a new script.Â Cherokee, Ol Chiki, Pin Cin Hau logograms, Gurmukhi, Hangul are just a few of the scripts which we know were created or invented more-or-less from scratch. However, in … Continue reading